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Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen

Steeped in the kind of flag-waving jingoism we expect from someone like Peter Berg and destined to be a hit despite its gaping plot holes, Olympus Read More

The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep

The ghosts of other, greater film whisper through Robert Redford’s stilted drama about sixties radicalism and millennial ennui, highlighting just how pat and unambitious an effort Read More

Aftershock (2013)

Aftershock (2013)

They say that people pull together during times of crisis. There is also a lingering fear that civilized society will fall apart when such a tragedy Read More

On the Road

On the Road

Jack Kerouac’s beat masterpiece, On the Road, is often considered one of the most influential works of contemporary literature. Its road trip narrative set against a Read More

Magic Magic

Magic Magic

Actors often struggle to keep from being typecast. Then there are those instances where no amount of onscreen manipulation can change an audience’s perception of you. Read More

The Sapphires

The Sapphires

War-torn Vietnam, circa 1968, sounds like an offbeat location for a sassy, uplifting musical comedy. But then again, almost everything about Wayne Blair’s The Sapphires would Read More

To the Wonder

To the Wonder

If Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder contains a thesis shot, it is of the character the credits call Marina (Olga Kurylenko), walking or running through a Read More

Oblivion

Oblivion

It’s been 60 years since the world was wiped out in a war with aliens. Tom Cruise, as technician Jack Harper, scours the desolate face of Read More

Mud

Mud

A small-town way of life that’s slowly disappearing. A young boy’s coming-of-age set against the possible dissolution of his parents’ marriage. A drifter who inspires both Read More

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

While it might be the height of critical cliché (and analytically wrong) to call G.I. Joe: Retaliation “a real American Zero,” if the combat boot fits… Read More

Rushlights

Rushlights

As far as dumb ideas go, impersonating your dead junkie roommate to collect a mysterious inheritance from a shady lawyer is pretty high up there. But Read More

Welcome to the Punch

Welcome to the Punch

It’s not enough to have good actors. In 2013, you need more than the standard “corruption from above” narrative. In order to keep contemporary audiences glued Read More

Twixt

Twixt

Francis Ford Coppola: What happened? There was a time, four decades ago, when you were one of the most celebrated filmmakers working in the post-modern era, Read More

Trance

Trance

It’s his own fault. Over the last few years, director Danny Boyle has set the bar so high, artistically speaking, that fans may feel a bit… Read More

Kiss of the Damned

Kiss of the Damned

It’s not surprising that Xan Cassavetes, like her brother Nick and sister Zoe, is trying to be a filmmaker. After all, her father, the late great Read More

Love and Honor

Love and Honor

Graciously gathering the last three or four decades of the most impersonal and forgettable Vietnam films into one wet beer-belch of counter-culture signifiers and don’t-tread-on-me rhetoric, Read More

Erased

Erased

Aaron Eckhart is apparently one unlucky SOB. Not only does he fail to parlay his considerable indie cred (Thank You for Smoking, In the Company of Read More

42

42

If ever a film had a near impossible legacy to live up to, it’s 42. After all, when tackling the sports mythos of Jackie Robinson and Read More

Evil Dead (2013)

Evil Dead (2013)

Last year, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s gloriously meta The Cabin in the Woods came along and saved a slumping Winter/Spring season from the January through Read More